By Jillian Moffat, Head of Open Innovation, Scottish Enterprise
What does ‘open innovation’ mean, exactly?
Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, defines it as: “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively.” Continue reading
This month’s blog with an academic who has worked in partnership with business is by Dr Claire Seaman, Reader in Enterprise & Family Business at Queen Margaret University.
What inspired you to become an academic?
My masters research was collaborative, looking at the ways in which beef is produced and the impact of the production system on food quality – a debate that is still going on to this day, I might add! The research was collaborative between two universities and indeed farms run by families. Later, working with SMEs in the food industry, the family dimension became both important and very apparent and inspired both my research and knowledge exchange work with family businesses across Scotland. The idea that expertise from different academic disciplines and the business world could be combined to address real world challenges was something that interested me a great deal and prompted my decision to join a business school where multi-disciplinary activity is very much part of the regular job. Continue reading
By Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director at Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science
Forensic science is an important and valued pillar of the criminal justice system, however it is at a crossroads in its history and development. Continue reading
By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface
Over the last few months, I embarked on a major decluttering of my home. What started as a simple “I need to paint the dining room” has in four months escalated to a complete makeover for each room with new paint on every wall and a decluttering of “stuff” that had lain dormant for many years. I can’t say that it was an easy process but now that it is completed the house has taken on a new persona – and easier to navigate! Continue reading
By Carol-Ann, Business Engagement Executive at Interface
Just over a year ago, Carol-Ann Adams joined Interface as a Business Engagement Executive in the Highlands and Islands. Here she reflects on how the presentation she gave during her interview applies in her every day work, connecting businesses to the wealth of academic expertise across Scotland’s universities and research institutions… Continue reading
When I agreed to write a blog on dairy a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have forecasted seeing a picture of cows being led through a supermarket as a protest against the average UK Gate farm price decreasing by a quarter to 24.06 pence per litre over twelve months. However, this is the point where I bow out and say, for further details on the current situation and for informed commentary and opinions, go to the various news sites and representative bodies. Continue reading
By Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, University College London & Strategic Advisor to the National Centre for Universities and Business
International comparisons show consistently that university-business relations in the UK are among the best in the world. UK data shows universities earning more income than ever from interactions with business. Many global businesses now have strategic, long-term relationships with universities. Organisations working across the university and business communities: NCUB, Interface and Praxis-UNICO, for example, are bursting at the seams with success stories ranging from local SMEs to multi-nationals. Why do so many people still claim that the UK is great at research and no good at commercialising it?
By Dr Richard Gregson, Intellectual Property Rights Manager, University of Dundee
“Healthcare: An Innovative Multi-disciplinary Approach.” At first glance, the official tagline for the 2015 BioDundee conference seemed to be a variation on a well-trodden topic. Similarly, I thought the main conference themes: Precision Medicine, Big Data and Regenerative Medicine were merely revisiting familiar ground. Continue reading
By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface
This week the Scottish Parliament debated for over two hours the Scotland Can Do: A Framework for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The framework makes clear Scotland’s ambition and sets out the priority areas where the Scottish Government continues to support and act to see Scotland become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, a can do place for business. Continue reading
By Dr Claire Seaman, Senior Lecturer in Business and Director of the Scottish Forum for Family Business Research at Queen Margaret University.
With the recent interest in programmes such as the BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?’ and the continuous enthusiasm from North America in tracing ancestry, it is no surprise that Scottish businesses are seeing the potential in ancestral tourism.